Sampdoria chief Marotta "98%" sure of Cassano stay

Sampdoria chief Beppe Marotta is confident of keeping hold of striker Antonio Cassano.

Sampdoria chief Beppe Marotta is confident of keeping hold of striker Antonio Cassano.

“I would say that there is at least a 98 per cent chance that Cassano will remain at Marassi. That is also because nobody, including Inter, have enquired after him,” explained Marotta.

“Besides, the season is fast approaching and it would be too late to change all our plans so drastically.

“We are happy with our squad, although we have got plenty of time to complete it with some important additions.”

Marotta revealed a shock transfer that never quite materialised, as when Adriano walked out on Inter, he could have partnered Cassano.

“Our preferred policy, other than focusing on young talent, is to ‘recover’ great champions who have perhaps lost their way.

“We had given Adriano some thought. It’s a shame he is no longer available, seeing as he decided to remain in Brazil.”

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